Travel advice and stories from my adventures
starting Llama Expeditions
Contact Us
415-701-7600
info@llamaexpeditions.com

Viewing: Machu Picchu

Spend New Year’s Day at Machu Picchu

Spend New Year’s Day at Machu Picchu

Looking for an unforgettable way to ring in the New Year? Join us on a special trek with llamas through the Lares Valley and celebrate New Year’s Day in Machu Picchu. Llama Expeditions is giving a $200 per person discount to the first eight people who sign up for the trip by November 25, 2012.

During this special trek, you will hike with llamas through remote rural communities in the Peruvian Andes. The trek opens a window into the daily lives of Peruvians who still live in much the same was as their ancestors did. (more…)

Posted in Llama Trekking, Machu Picchu, Peru | By

Visiting Machu Picchu by Train

Visiting Machu Picchu by Train

I had dinner with a friend a few weeks ago. She mentioned that she and her husband are both interested in seeing Machu Picchu one day. They were worried that they weren’t fit enough to hike the Inca Trail though. I told her that she could take the train to Machu Picchu Pueblo (also known as Aguas Calientes) and the bus from there to Machu Picchu.

Departure Cities
Most of the trains to Machu Picchu Pueblo depart from either Cusco or Ollantaytambo. There are also a few routes available from Urubamba, but they have a very limited schedule. (more…)

Posted in Machu Picchu, Peru | By

How Much Time Do You Need to See Machu Picchu?

How Much Time Do You Need to See Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is called the lost city for a reason. Nestled into the mountains roughly five hours from Cusco, it is not really close to anything.

To get to Machu Picchu involves flying from Lima to Cusco, driving from Cusco to Ollantaytambo, taking the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (newly christened Machu Picchu Pueblo), and finally hopping on a bus to reach the famed Inca site. Given plane and train schedules and a park closing time of 5 p.m. sharp, even a headlong rush to Machu Picchu would take a minimum of two days. (more…)

Posted in Machu Picchu, Peru | By

ATMs at Machu Picchu

 

ATM at Machu Picchu

When you visit Machu Picchu, you should definitely bring plenty of cash. There are no ATMs at the ancient citadel. And, while there are two ATMs in the nearby town of Machu Picchu Pueblo (formerly and sometimes still called Aguas Calientes), I discovered that you cannot always count on those ATMs to work.

The last time I visited Machu Picchu Pueblo, I had just finished a 5-day trek by horse over the Salkantay Pass. I was short of cash, but I wasn’t worried—I knew there were ATMs in town. (more…)

Posted in Machu Picchu, Peru | By

Machu Picchu Weather: What to Pack

Machu Picchu Weather What to Pack

Machu Picchu weather is typical of mountainous regions: unpredictable. I have experienced everything from torrential rainstorms that I thought would wash the ruins away to perfect blue-sky days. So how can you make sure that you are prepared to enjoy your tour of one of the world’s greatest wonders? (more…)

Posted in Machu Picchu, Peru, Travel Advice | By

Machu Picchu Tops Bucket List!

Machu Picchu Tops Bucket List!

It was down to the Pyramid of Giza and Machu Picchu in the recent Huffington Post poll to select the top place to see before you die. Machu Picchu won!

I’ve never been to the Pyramid of Giza. But, I have been to Machu Picchu…four times! The first three times, I traveled by train. The last time, I hiked the Inca Trail and arrived at the Sun Gate just as the sun was rising.

I can’t quite put my finger on what makes Machu Picchu so special. But, there is something undeniably mystical about the place. It is where I healed a rocky relationship with my father, fell in love for the first time after my divorce, and deepened a friendship that remains one of my most cherished to this day. (more…)

Posted in Machu Picchu, Peru | By

When to Book Your Machu Picchu Tour

When to Book Your Machu Picchu Tour

I am currently organizing a trip to Peru for 10 people. They want to participate in the Inti Raymi celebration next June. It will be during the height of the tourist season. Cusco will be swimming in visitors!

In fact, I’ve been amazed at how fast hotels and even trains to Machu Picchu are filling up. This Sunday, when I checked the train schedules, I was surprised to see that some departures had already sold out. And, with Machu Picchu’s new entrance restriction of 2,500 people a day, I expect tickets to the popular site will be snapped up quickly, as well. (more…)

Posted in Machu Picchu, Peru | By

Packing List for Machu Picchu

Packing List for Machu Picchu

Wondering how to pack for your Machu Picchu tour? After visiting Machu Picchu via train three times, I have some recommendations for the trip.

Before you start packing, get a small rolling suitcase or manageable backpack. Don’t try to bring a big suitcase to Machu Picchu.

First, the train doesn’t have sufficient space for large suitcases. Most passengers stow suitcases under the seat, on the rack overhead, or in available space located at the ends of each car. (more…)

Posted in Machu Picchu, Peru | By

Machu Picchu Entrance Restrictions

Machu Picchu Entrance Restrictions

This year marks the centennial anniversary of Hiram Bingham’s rediscovery of Machu Picchu. Predictably, record-breaking crowds have converged upon the ancient citadel.

To protect Machu Picchu from the damage so many enthusiastic tourists could inflict, the Peruvian government has restricted the number of daily visitors to 2,500 people.

This new restriction has caught some travelers by surprise. Many have been left stranded for days in Aguas Calientes when Machu Picchu is “sold out.”

It used to be that you only had to book the Inca Trail hike up to 6 months ahead. Now, you’d be well advised to make your Peru holiday plans well in advance, too.

Sign up now to learn about new adventures and special discounts!
 

Posted in Machu Picchu, Peru | By

Machu Picchu Ranked Among Top 10 Lost Cities

Machu Picchu Ranked Among Top 10 Lost Cities

After four days of hiking the Inca Trail, I entered Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate. The Inca citadel lay in the quiet hush of dawn below, some areas still obscured by the shadows of the surrounding mountains. It was easy to imagine what it must have been like for Hiram Bingham. Of course, Machu Picchu made it on the list of Top 10 Lost Cities. (more…)

Posted in Machu Picchu, Peru | By

©2014 Llama Expeditions Inc. - All Rights Reserved. Content and photography on this website is copyrighted by Llama Expeditions and may not be reproduced without permission. WA UBI #602-993-1. CST #2099713. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.
Click here for Privacy Policy.